Olivia’s Floral and Gold Polka Dot Baby Announcements

Um, yeah. Gold foil polka dots and the most beautiful baby floral crown? These baby announcements from Lauren Chism might just be the sweetest announcements I’ve EVER seen!

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From Lauren: When wedding industry friends and photographers, Matt and Julie Norine, welcomed their sweet daughter, Olivia, I was so excited to work with them on their announcements. What stationer doesn’t love working with beautiful photography!? Their weddings are stunning, so I thought the photos would be good, but they really blew me away. They photographed Olivia with the sweetest flowers arranged around her and a tiny floral crown. They were so precious and we had so much trouble picking the best one for the announcement. I am glad the final decision wasn’t mine!

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

When I saw how they used the flowers, I knew that the simple style of letterpress would go beautifully with them. Julie picked this simple polka dot design in gold foil and I love how the florals and polka dots complement each other, without competing. Julie picked some soft mint envelopes to pair with the cotton paper and gold foil. I am obsessed with mint right now and love something different than pink for a baby girl. From the photos, to the design, to the printing and envelopes – everything together turned out to be so sweet and feminine. I couldn’t love them more!

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

As I was attaching the photos, I thought how perfectly these could be as mini birth announcements, so I photographed them both ways. I love a classic announcement, but also like getting something surprising in the mail, and I think these cards, while tiny, would certainly stand out in your mailbox! I also love the idea of friends and family getting to frame the photo or you also could include multiple photos if you couldn’t just pick one. You could tie them together with twine or connect them with a little paper clip – just some more fun ideas to make your birth announcements special.

Floral + Gold Foil Polka Dot Baby Announcements by Lauren Chism Fine Papers / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Lauren Chism Fine Papers
Printing: Elefant Press
Baby Photography: Matt & Julie Weddings

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Photo Credits: Lauren Chism

Anne + Casey’s Modern Fireworks Wedding Invitations

I love this modern approach to fireworks-inspired wedding invitations from Brooke at Paper & Parcel for a 4th of July weekend wedding! Brooke mixed classic colors (navy and red) and beautiful typography with a modern firework motif to get the light hearted vibe that the bride and groom wanted. And those vintage stamps?? Perfect for this holiday weekend wedding!

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From BrookeAnne and Casey came to me with a very specific vision. They were married on July 3rd at 501 Union in Brooklyn, New York. Their wedding was fun, light-hearted and a true celebration of this special moment in their lives. They envisioned an urban rustic feel to their invitations with a nod to the holiday but without the flags and presidents. Together we came up with the idea of an abstract, modern firework motif with elegant typography.

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The invitation was letterpress printed on thick 220# Crane Lettra Ecru cotton paper in navy and red ink. We carried the firework motif and typography into the reply card which was flat printed on 110# Cane Lettra Ecru. A cross-hatch liner complimented the kraft paper envelopes. It was so much fun designing this simple, elegant but whimsical invitation suite for a fabulous couple!  

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Thanks Brooke!

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Photo Credits: Paper & Parcel

Alli + Jon’s Holographic Geometric Wedding Invitations

Forget metallic foils – after this past National Stationery Show, I’m officially obsessed with some of the more non-traditional foil options! Hologram foil, oil slick foil, sparkly iridescent foil… so many options! And today we get to see it in a wedding invitation! These invitations designed by Blake and Irene at Sparkvites and printed by Mama’s Sauce combine holographic foil on black paper with geometric shapes. And the wedding itself sounds like a SUPER fun night!

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From Irene: This invitation set was super fun to design. Alli and Jon wanted to incorporate as much color possible in their invitations to reflect their wedding style. From Alli: “If I had to come up with a theme to describe it I’d say…elegant burning man?! 501 Union is already a gorgeous space, but the walls and floor have a dark swanky supper club feel, so I am adding lots of whimsy with glowing multicolor LED orbs on the tables, a DIY LED installation for a large wall with faux fur and LED light strips underneath. The colors of the wedding are ALL THE COLORS. Lots of pops of color with pom poms mixed with flowers.”

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Thanks Blake + Irene!

Design: Sparkvites

Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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Photo Credits: Sparkvites

Violet’s Hand Lettered Birth Announcements

I LOVE the simplicity of these gorgeous hand lettered birth announcements! Truly a group effort on behalf of their close friend Laura and her adorable daughter Violet, the announcements feature hand lettering by Katie from The Good Twin, floral styling by Chaparral Studio, photography by Laure Joliet, and letterpress printing by Power and Light Press. Katie described the announcements as a love letter from the group to Laura and her family. Such a meaningful way to welcome a new baby into a circle of family and friends!

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Design, lettering, and envelope calligraphy: The Good Twin

Floral Styling for Violet’s portrait: Chaparral Studio

Portrait Photography: Laure Joliet

Letterpress Printing: Power and Light Press

Photo Credits: Scott Ener Grover

Ana’s Delicate and Ethereal Birth Announcements

Colleen of Letter & Lark creates some of the most incredibly beautiful, subtle, and delicate stationery – the birth announcements that she created for her daughter Ana last year took my breath away! Colleen put so much thought into each and every detail, from the pale color palette to explaining the meaning behind Ana’s names. Just so, so lovely.

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From ColleenThis project was very close to my heart and I hoped to do it justice! Our sweet Ana is an incredible baby. She is happy, loving, and easy going, but incredibly determined and strong; she spent five weeks in the hospital after surprising us by arriving six weeks early. Our preemie & NICU experience along with her gentle spirit gave me the inspiration for her announcement.

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For the recipients who opened it, I wanted to evoke a sense of fragility and sacredness for this tiny, special person. I wanted it to feel exquisite and ethereal, to emphasize that she really came out of something amazing. Rather than a flat or folded card, I wanted an experience of opening her announcement; by discovering different layers, papers, and textures along with reading about her birth information.

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To emphasize the fact that tiny packages can hold complexity and so much importance, I decided to go with a small, 4-bar sized announcement with an accordion folded card. The design was focused on clean, elegant type and a minimal color palette alongside gorgeous photography by the incredibly talented Leighanne Evelyn (who we are so proud to call a friend!). Leighanne’s photographs are very sentimental since they were taken shortly after Ana came home from the hospital. We chose to show a small tryptic of family photos on one panel and then included our favorite portrait of Ana in a tiny glassine envelope in the back. I love how you can barely see this tiny little face with big eyes looking at you through the cloudy envelope! I also knew it would be the perfect size for relatives who wanted to keep a picture of Ana as well.

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At first I had an idea of including a watercolor wash, but as a new mom I didn’t have the time to hand-paint each announcement (on top of designing, printing, and assembling!), so instead I printed a cantaloupe-colored “wash” on vellum paper. These vellum paper sashes wrap around the accordion card and the front text of the announcement can be carefully read through the faux wash. A very delicate, gold twine (the thinnest I could find) wraps around the entire piece.

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Rather than just list her birth information, I decided it would be more interesting for people to read the story of how we chose her name, since her first and middle names have connections to family members as well as special meaning.  I also included a short description of her personality; I wanted to make sure even for people that live far away that they could still get a sense of who Ana is without even meeting her.

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Letterpress printed in a smokey, lavender ink on bright white 100% cotton stock, paired with translucent vellum and glassine papers and Leighanne’s beautiful black and white photographs, I hoped to convey how we truly special Ana is, not only because of her birth story but because she’s brought so much love and joy to our family.

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Thank you Colleen!

Photo Credits: Letter & Lark